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  • netherlands vsq 8

    Marine Luchtvaartdienst


    8 squadron
    Royal Netherlands Navy

    1950 to 1968    




    In 1950 fourteen C-47 Dakotas of the Oostelijke Verkennings en Transport Squadron (Easterly Reconnaisance and Transport Squadron) gained autonomy as vsq 8 at Biak. After independance of Indonesia the Dakotas were transferred to AURI and vsq 8 was disbanded. In March 1952 the unit was reformed at Valkenburg flying Mitchells and Sea Otters. In 1953 it became the first helicopter unit of the navy after accepting the sole S-51 and three S-55 in september. After the S-51 had been withdrawn in 1959 and one of the S-55 had crashed two Oh-23B Ravens were loaned from the Air Force. From early 1960 the first SH-34J came into service for duties on board of the aircraft carrier Karel Doorman (other sources mention 1963). Late 1968 the SH-34J was transferred to vsq 7 and vsq 8 was disbanded


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1952/68ValkenburgEHVB
    1950ID Biak/Frans KaisiepoWABB



    Models

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    YearsModels
    1960/68S-58 H-34
    1959OH-23B
    1953/59S-51 / R-5 / H-5
    1953/63S-55 H-19




    Construction Numbers (Not all in this unit)

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    55-471 HO4S-3 1953 076: reserialled 076, unk; wfu 11Dec63, preserved Lelystad, NL, Sep06.
    076:
    United States Naval Aviation 133777: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-471, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Jun53; del USN as HO4S-3, 13...
    Dutch National Air Museum Foundation 076: on display at Aviodome Museum, Schipol by 1972 until at least 1978 as 076/V.
    55-472 HO4S-3 1953 077: reserialled 077, unk; accident Noordwijk, w/o 27Feb62.
    077: noted aboard HMNLS Karel Doorman in Netherlands New Guinea in 1960, named +
    United States Naval Aviation 133778: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-472, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Jun53; del USN as HO4S-3, 13...
    58-1597 hss-1n 1963 134: Sikorsky HSS-1N, c/n 58-1597, ff:?; reg Sikorsky as N266, unk; del Marine +
    134: xfer Fokker School for restoration as UH-34J, 134, unk; pres Militair Luch+
    134: Map BuNo 150729. preserved museum Soesterberg
    58-1611 hss-1n 1963 135: Sikorsky SH-34J, c/n 58-1611, ff:?; del Marine Luchtvaartdienst as 135, 28+
    135: MAP BuNo 149840
    58-1430 hss-1n 136: MAP BuNo 149841. 8 sqd. w/o near Noordwijk 17aug65
    58-1442 hss-1n 137: MLD type:UH-34J; Mar62 Active; Jun72 wfu
    137: MAP BuNo 149842. to civ as N59333
    Carson Helicopters N59333: Carson ex 137; 1973 Active
    58-1373 hss-1n 138: MLD type:UH-34J; Sep61 Active; Jun70 wfu
    138: Map BuNo 149131. to civ as N59331
    Carson Helicopters N59331: Carson ex 138; 1971 Active
    58-1374 hss-1n 139: Map BuNo 149132. w/o Moray Firth 25oct61
    58-1375 hss-1n 140: Map BuNo 149133. 8 sqd. w/o near Gibraltar 31jan63.
    58-1145 hss-1n 1959 141: MAP BuNo 147631. 8 sqd 8-1. w/o 22sep65
    United States Naval Aviation 147631: Sikorsky HSS-1N, c/n 58-1145, ff?; ordered by USN as 147631, MDAP for Netherlands Navy; del Neth MLD...
    58-1150 hss-1n 142: MLD type:UH-34J; Jan60 Active; Jun72 wfu
    142: MAP BuNo 147632. 8 sqd 8-2. to civ as N59329
    Carson Helicopters N59329: Carson ex 142; 1973 active
    58-1153 hss-1n 143: MAP BuNo 147633. 8 sqd 8-3. preserved museum Seifertshofen
    58-1158 hss-1n 144: MLD type:SH-34J; Jan60 active; Jun70 wfu
    144: MAP BuNo 147634. 8 sqd 8-4. to civ as N59330
    Carson Helicopters N59330: CARSON ex 144; 1973 active
    58-1160 hss-1n 145: MAP BuNo 147635. 8 sqd 8-5. w/o near Gibraltar 31jan63
    51-33 s-51 8-1: NRN
    55-471 HO4S-3 1953 8-2: del Netherlands Kon Marine as 8-2, 09Sep53; named Salome, unk.
    United States Naval Aviation 133777: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-471, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Jun53; del USN as HO4S-3, 13...
    Dutch National Air Museum Foundation 076: on display at Aviodome Museum, Schipol by 1972 until at least 1978 as 076/V.
    55-472 HO4S-3 1953 8-3: del Netherlands Kon Marine as 8-3, 09Sep53; named Cleopatra, unk.
    United States Naval Aviation 133778: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-472, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Jun53; del USN as HO4S-3, 13...
    55-473 HO4S-3 1953 8-4: del Netherlands Kon Marine as 8-4, 09Sep53; named Delilah; accident Marsdi+
    United States Naval Aviation 133779: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-473, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Jun53; del USN as HO4S-3, 13...
    16 C/N found in this Organisation.


    Operations


    DatesOperation
    01-feb-5317-feb-53 Operation WaNo